Tyler Roenz: Missing Texas teen arrested with mother's body in car trunk after high-speed chase

Tyler Roenz: Missing Texas teen arrested with mother's body in car trunk after high-speed chase
Tyler Roenz, 17, and his mother Michelle Bainter-Roenz, 49, (L) had been missing since October 13, 2022 (Harris County Sheriff)

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS: A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a Texas homicide after he gave Nebraskan troopers a high-speed chase while carrying a woman's body in the car, according to officials.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office identified the teen as Tyler Roenz. The dead woman has been identified as Michelle Bainter-Roenz, Tyler's 49-year-old mother.

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The Houston-area sheriff's office, which conducts patrols, was notified of Tyler and his mother Michelle's disappearance on the night of October 13. According to authorities, both individuals were last seen at their Humble, Texas, home late on the morning of October 13. Tyler was out on bail after being charged with attempted sexual assault before he and his mother were reported missing.

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According to a statement from state officials, Nebraska State Police received a tip on the afternoon of October 14 that a car associated with the Roenz family was in Nebraska. When troopers spotted the vehicle in traffic, they chased it, recording speeds of 110 mph on Interstate 80 close to Grand Island. After traveling about nine miles, the Mazda Tyler was driving struck the rear of a semi-truck off the road and collided with a tree close to Aurora, Nebraska, as per Khou 11. Despite being critically injured in the collision, Tyler is expected to survive.

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Ed Gonzales the sheriff of Harris County provided timely updates on his official Twitter account. "Update: the vehicle has been located in Nebraska. With assistance from Nebraska State Police, a pursuit took place and the driver crashed out. The male driver may have sustained injuries related to the crash, but the extent is unknown. The identity of the driver has not yet." 

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NSP claimed that the organization is coordinating with HCSO to extradite Tyler when he is out of the hospital. On Thursday, a CLEAR warning had been issued for the two. Since then, the alert has been canceled. The CLEAR Alert helps spread the word about individuals who may have been kidnapped or are in urgent danger while bridging the gap between missing children and senior citizens. It's also possible to find probable suspects with this alert.

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Michelle was a married mother of two adolescents and was engaged in the animal-fostering community, according to social media posts. Tyler Roenz participated in high school track. The details of Tyler's sex crime case could not be obtained via the court by The Daily Beast.

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